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Developing a Safe Space for Tough Conversations on Technology

When developing my new 9th grade technology course I wanted to make sure that I was teaching my students important life skills that were relevant and interesting to them. I needed to create a safe space for tough conversations around online privacy, internet safety, and digital wellness. Equally as important was a lab environment that…Continue Reading

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Scholarship Scams: Don’t Be a Financial Aid Victim

Parents and students alike spend many a sleepless night worrying about how they’re going to pay for college. And with the widely spread rumor that millions of dollars each year in legitimate financial aid go unclaimed, it does seem possible that scholarship offers might come pouring in. Sadly, this causes an estimated $100 million each…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Online Security, Parenting

The Tricky Thing About Anonymity & Technology

My job traveling the country speaking with kids, parents and school staff about internet and digital safety is pretty awesome. One of the greatest things about what I do is that TRULY no two days are the same. While the ever-changing world of technology is extremely daunting at times (especially for parents), I find it…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

Reducing Waste without Compromising Rights

With today’s widespread technology use, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals are all finding ways to increase efficiency and reduce waste. As we engage in “spring cleaning,” we are particularly motivated to eliminate excess paper and seemingly needless waste, and we frequently inquire whether money, time, and resources could have been saved by using…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Legal Issues, Online Security

IKS Featured on Comcast Newsmakers (Video)

Recently, iKeepSafe was invited to discuss the growing issues around protecting student data on the national Comcast Newsmakers program. In the video, Nancy Gifford, iKeepSafe Senior Director of Law and Policy, discusses the ways schools are using technology to enhance classroom learning and how this impacts the schools’ role as a steward of the students’…Continue Reading

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Why is Media Literacy Research Important?

Over the past several years, I have been writing about the value of media literacy education when it comes to teaching our children how to critically think about media messages. Many of my blogs focus on what we don’t discuss with our students and how the media provides us with teachable moments for discussion on…Continue Reading

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Doodle 4 Google

Today, Google launched its Doodle 4 Google competition to encourage K-12 students to get creative and let their imagination go wild. This year’s unique theme is “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” The national winner will: • Have his or her doodle displayed on the Google homepage, for…Continue Reading

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Cyber Safety: Teaching Smart Thinking

Recently I attended a workshop on “Youth and Technology” at a high school in Laguna Beach, CA, and came home with a long list of recommendations that will keep my children safe online—everything from deleting “bad” apps from their smart phones, to installing surveillance apps and filtering software onto our family’s devices. While the evening…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Selfies: Annoying Word or Interesting Psychology?

Did you know Oxford Dictionaries officially declared the word “selfie” as the 2013 word of the year? A simple flip of the camera phone allows us to take these popular, flattering pictures of ourselves, and many popular selfie apps such as Instagram, allow us to get creative with editing them as well. According to the…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Social Networking

Marsali Hancock invited to present at 53rd Annual CETPA Conference

Today, iKeepSafe CEO and President Marsali Hancock was invited to present at the 53rd Annual CETPA Conference in Pasadena, California. This year’s theme, Enhancing Education through Innovation reflects CETPA’s commitment to forward thinking ideas and meaningful change in the lives of students and educators alike. The Conference features quality sessions, dynamic keynotes, great exhibitors, and…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News

Lessons on “CyberCivics” Too Important To Ignore

My daughter, who is busy working on her college applications, received this message from her high school counselor yesterday: “Just received an email from the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)… a friendly reminder that colleges are reading your social media.” Today, in addition to having sky-high GPA’s and equally impressive test scores, kids…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Watch Movie Online Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (2017) HD Director : Bill Condon. Producer : David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman. Release : March 16, 2017 Country : United Kingdom, United States of America. Production Company : Walt Disney Pictures, Mandeville Films. Language : English. Runtime : 129 Genre : Family, Fantasy, Romance. Movie ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was released…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

iKeepSafe Participates in EDUsummit 2013

Most of us would agree that the word “citizenship” has traditionally been tied to geographical location; people used to simply participate in whatever society they were born into. In contrast, modern technologies like telephones, television, and most of all, the internet, now allow individuals to access information from around the world—in real time—despite being thousands…Continue Reading

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Just to Clarify . . .

iKeepSafe has focused on helping youth thrive in the digital environment since we launched in 2005. Research shows that kids won’t learn to be ethical, responsible or resilient online on their own. It is our goal at IKS to increase critical thinking skills of youth and families around media and digital literacy. We do this…Continue Reading

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Why is iKeepSafe Collaborating to Teach Students about Creative Content Online?

SHORT ANSWER: because students need it. Knowing how to create, collaborate, and share responsibly are twenty-first century skills. And, Teacher-Librarians are the best prepared to teach it. NOT-AS-SHORT ANSWER: iKeepSafe is a 501c3, non-profit focused on helping children thrive in the digital environment. Since 2005, we have created educational content and experiences to help youth…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, iKeepSafe News

What The Kids Want

Digital and Media Literacy education is primarily a top-down endeavor: adults design curriculum based upon what they think kids should know about the digital world. It’s sort of like Martians deciding what Earthlings should know about life on our planet. Sure we do our best, but at the end of the day many of us…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Learning while playing videogames? Sounds too good to be true.

Do the games Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego or Oregon Trail bring back any memories? For me, they do. As a young lad in elementary school, my teachers used these games as a way to enhance what we were already learning in the classroom. I was, and still am for that matter, a…Continue Reading

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Looking into the Crystal Ball: The Future of Learning

What experiences will we have a week from now, a month from now, six years from now? We can often make predictions, but whether or not they come to fruition, only time will tell. What will the classroom look like for our children’s children? Will whiteboards and markers be a “thing of the past”? Technology…Continue Reading

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Watch and Download Full Movie What Happened to Monday (2017)

What Happened to Monday (2017) HD Director : Tommy Wirkola. Writer : Max Botkin, Kerry Williamson. Producer : Raffaella De Laurentiis, Fabrice Gianfermi, Philippe Rousselet. Release : August 18, 2017 Country : Belgium, France, United Kingdom, United States of America. Production Company : Vendome Pictures, Nexus Factory, Umedia, Snd Films, Raffaella Productions, Title Media. Language…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

Download and Watch Full Movie Spotlight (2015)

Spotlight (2015) HD Director : Tom McCarthy. Writer : Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer. Producer : Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagon Faust. Release : November 6, 2015 Country : Canada, United States of America. Production Company : Universal Pictures, Participant Media, Anonymous Content, Rocklin / Faust, First Look Media. Language : English. Runtime…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Streaming Movie The Visit (2015)

THE VISIT Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Kathryn Hahn, Benjamin Kanes, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Celia Keenan-Bolger. Directed: M. Night Shyamalan. Genre: Horror, Thriller. Release: September 10, 2015 Duration: 94 min Movie ‘The Visit’ was released in September 10, 2015 in genre Horror. M. Night Shyamalan was directed this movie and starring by Olivia DeJonge.…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

[Watch] Battle of the Sexes (2017) Movie Online

Battle of the Sexes (2017) HD Director : Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. Writer : Simon Beaufoy. Producer : Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Robert Graf. Release : September 22, 2017 Country : United Kingdom, United States of America. Production Company : Fox Searchlight Pictures, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films. Language : English. Runtime : 121 Genre…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting, Social Networking

[Streaming] Chocolate City: Vegas (2017)

Chocolate City: Vegas (2017) HD Director : – Writer : Jean-Claude La Marre. Producer : Jean-Claude La Marre. Release : September 17, 2017 Country : United States of America. Runtime : 76 Genre : Drama. Synopsis Watch Chocolate City: Vegas Full Movie Online Free. Movie ‘Chocolate City: Vegas’ was released in September 17, 2017 in…Continue Reading

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[Watch] Applecart (2017) Full Movie Online

Applecart (2017) HD Director : Brad Baruh. Writer : Brad Baruh, Irving Walker. Release : September 22, 2017 Country : United States of America. Production Company : M3 Alliance Limited. Language : English. Runtime : 87 Genre : Horror. Synopsis Watch Applecart Full Movie Online Free. ‘Applecart’ is a movie genre Horror, was released in…Continue Reading

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[Streaming] Yamasong: March of the Hollows (2017) Full Movie Online

Yamasong: March of the Hollows (2017) HD Director : Sam Koji Hale. Release : September 10, 2017 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Dark Dunes Productions. Runtime : 95 Genre : Animation, Fantasy. Synopsis Watch Yamasong: March of the Hollows Full Movie Online Free. ‘Yamasong: March of the Hollows’ is a movie…Continue Reading

Categories: Cyberbullying, Educational Issues

[Streaming and Download] The Tiger Hunter (2017) Movie Online

The Tiger Hunter (2017) HD Director : Lena Khan. Writer : Lena Khan, Sameer Gardezi. Producer : Megha Kadakia, Nazia Khan. Release : September 22, 2017 Country : United States of America. Production Company : WVG Medien GmbH. Language : English. Runtime : 96 Genre : Comedy, Drama. Synopsis Watch The Tiger Hunter Full Movie…Continue Reading

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What Kids are (Really) Doing Online

Maybe you’ve already heard? It appears that Facebook is losing its groove. A recent survey of 5,200 teenagers found that while 33% called Facebook their “most important” social network in Spring ‘12, by Spring of this year that number had fallen to just 25%. An unofficial survey of the eighth graders in my Cyber Civics…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Parenting, Videos

Planning Ahead for Summer Technology Use

Thoughts of summer may seem premature to many but, out west, periods of warm weather often blur the line between seasons and remind us that summer is just around the corner.  For students and school staff members, preparing for summer used to mean getting ready to say goodbye to friends, teachers, and colleagues; however, with…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Legal Issues

Teaching Safety to the YouTube Generation

Today’s teens have grown up using social media and many of them regularly contribute to the online discourse.  For many teenagers, online videos are a regular every-day activity and the proliferation of smartphones and webcams have only made telling stories by creating videos an increasingly common way for them to engage, teach, and learn. So…Continue Reading

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Passwords, Passwords and More Passwords

These days, it seems you need a password for everything. As the number of online accounts individuals have keeps rising, the amount of passwords each person has to remember goes up as well. It also doesn’t help that everyone is prone to becoming the victim of an email hack, or social network account takeover. The…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Should hate websites be included in online safety and digital citizenship conversations?

As avid browsers, teens sometimes stumble across hate websites. Many teens are shocked and upset when they first encounter these types of websites, especially if they are not prepared with the knowledge that such websites exist.  Unaware teens can be more easily tricked by subtle hate websites and may not fully realize that the hate…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues


Last week while giving a presentation on Digital Literacy to a group of K-8 parents, I shared some interesting data from a Pew Internet & American Life Project report regarding kids and their online passwords. In this study Pew found that 30 percent of 12-17 year olds who were regularly online had shared a password…Continue Reading

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Tablets: The Next Pencil and Paper in the Classroom

Educators understand that the world in which we live, isn’t what it was 10, 15, or 20 years ago. School administration now requires educators to have different skills on their resumes. Website eSchool News recently wrote an article that says educators need to: Anticipate the future Be a lifelong learner Foster peer relationships Be able…Continue Reading

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Student Online Safety Presentations are Effective

Net Literacy is a student-managed digital literacy nonprofit; our online safety program’s content, Safe Connects, has been developed and written by teens, vetted by our state’s DOE, and then presented by teens to teens and their parents in schools. After the first year that Net Literacy conducted online safety presentations, a principal asked me, “How…Continue Reading

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A Lesson in CRAP Detection

Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Just consider two recent events in the news: Young girls, unable to recognize an online hoax called #CutForBieber, upload bloody photos of self-inflicted wounds to Twitter to show their concern for Justin Bieber’s alleged marijuana use. Meanwhile, 21-year old Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o falls for and…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Reputation


In the last week of 2012, approximately 1.2 billion apps were downloaded, to the delight of children young and old.  Puzzles, games, stories and more were made available to entertain, engage and keep minds and hands occupied. But, as the Federal Trade Commission has noted, there’s more to apps than meets the eye. This is…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

A Month of Mixed Emotions

The month of December is usually filled with laughter, fun and anticipation for the holiday season. Sadly, it took  a turn that many of us did not expect.  Most of the time when writing these articles I try to consider the media messages that exists in our culture along with the theme of internet safety…Continue Reading

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Things I Wish My Parents Had Told Me (About Internet Safety)

Although ongoing and regular discussions about internet safety should be part of every youth-serving organization’s culture, many organizations only conduct formal internet safety training programs once each year. To help this important discussion continue long after a formal presentation has been made, we have created collateral materials entitled “Things I Wish My Parents Had Told…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

Student BYOD Policies 101: Back to Basics

While speaking with school and college administrators about technology issues facing public educational institutions, I am frequently questioned about acceptable use, social media and, more recently, Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) policies. While I have felt confident that most educational institutions I have encountered were adequately equipped to begin the process of updating or implementing…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Legal Issues

Born Wired

I’m a 29-year-old woman, and I like to think I partially grew up in the surge of the digital age. I’m fortunate enough to travel the country and speak to thousands of students about digital safety and technology, and in doing so have concluded that they have been fully immersed in the digital age from…Continue Reading

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Why Wikis Work?

One of the many reasons to help young people learn how to keep safe online is so they can take full advantage of all the wonderful collaborative learning opportunities available on the internet. One of these is Wikipedia. The secret of Wikipedia is that groups are remarkably smart. In fact, they are usually smarter than…Continue Reading

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Teens ask open questions to those that teach online safety

Net Literacy, a student-managed nonprofit, conducted a series of online safety focus groups with high school students during June and July, 2012.  During these focus groups, the teen respondents were asked what they would say to parents, teachers, and youth leaders teaching online safety to help enhance the relevance and effectiveness of safety training. I…Continue Reading

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EU Kids Online Report Provides National Perspective on Kids and the Internet

An EU Kids Online Report—released in October 2012—summarizes how children use the internet in 33 different countries. For each country, key statistics and country-specific commentary are shared about children’s internet access and use, activities and skills, risks and harm, parental mediation and safety, and national policy implications. The report addresses the following questions: How do…Continue Reading

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10 Rules for Safe and Respectable Online Behavior (from 7th Graders)

Here’s a question: Who is more likely to post an embarrassing photo online, a 7th grader or his/her parent? If you answered “a 7th grader”… then you’d be wrong. According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center called “Reputation Management and Social Media,” adults share personal information online more freely than young people.…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Let’s Talk About Technology in Schools

Depending upon your personality and relative contentment with life, you may eagerly anticipate or wholeheartedly dread social situations requiring small talk.  Questions from strangers and casual acquaintances like “What do you do?” or “Do you have any kids?” may cause you to mentally embrace or physically recoil from your greeter. Regardless of your reaction, your…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

Common Core- A Chance for Deeper Thinking About Important Issues

The beginning of the academic school year has come with a multitude of conversations on the implementation of the Common Core in school districts and the push for higher order thinking skills. For those of you who don’t know, the Common Core is the new, current educational standards which schools nationwide are undertaking to “ensure…Continue Reading

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Making “Fair Use” Fun

Talking to kids about copyright and fair use can be about as exciting as discussing algebraic properties. Even mentioning the words “fair use,” especially to seventh graders, is guaranteed to elicit a lukewarm response. However, what I learned teaching a lesson on “Fair Use” from Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum can be…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues

How does the digital age affect cheating and plagiarism?

With children growing up in the digital age, educators and schools are faced with new challenges regarding cheating and plagiarism among students. “Beat the Cheat”– a “Monitor on Psychology” article—shares various psychologists’ insights into why students cheat and what faculty, schools and students can do about it. According to a February 2011 survey of 40,000…Continue Reading

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Parents, Do Your Homework too

Have you ever noticed that when the school year begins, you end up with more homework than your kid? You’ve been given a stack of forms to review and sign: forms for the nurse, contact info for the office, school directory and of course, lots of policy stuff. With all those forms to fill out,…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

How to Incite a 7th Grade Uprising

Try this… stand in front of a roomful of 12 and 13-year olds and deliver the following announcement: “Class, a team of researchers will be coming to your school tomorrow to monitor your every move. These observers will record where you go (including the restroom, lunch area, playground, etc.), how long you spend there, whom…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Privacy

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